September 2012 New Teacher News- Navigating National FFA Convention

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September 2012—Navigating National FFA Convention

National FFA Convention is a great way to showcase all the great opportunities in FFA and Ag Ed.  However, spending 5 days on a crowded bus with teenagers and figuring out all the ins and outs of convention can be daunting.  Every ag teacher should experience FFA convention at some point in their career and many teachers attend every year.  Whether you are a first timer or veteran convention goer you will gain some valuable tips and ideas this month.


Check out these useful National FFA Convention CoP posts:


Navigating National FFA Convention Tips:

  • Pick one meeting spot at the convention center so everyone knows where you will always meet.

  • Pack an umbrella

  • Include some downtime in the agenda.

  • Make restaurant reservations when possible, especially downtown. 

  • Use the official FFA Convention website for all your planning, scheduling, and preparing needs. 

  • Get the official FFA Convention app by downloading Guidebook from the app store.  Once downloaded search FFA and voila you are all set.

Upcoming Dates to Remember


Get to Know Your NAAE Member Benefits

Being a member of NAAE is both intrinsically and externally rewarding.  NAAE membership features will be highlighted throughout the year.  As a member of NAAE you have access to liability insurance, hotel discounts, membership discounts with the National Science Teachers Association, advocacy tools, professional development opportunities, and award programs to name a few.  To find out more about these benefits and for membership information click here.

Meet Your NAAE Leaders

NAAE membership is divided into six regional affiliates.  Each regional affiliate has two representatives that serve on the NAAE board. Feel free to contact your regional representatives at any time.  Click here for a complete listing of NAAE board members and NAAE staff.

Michael HarringtonRegion III Vice-President
Terry Rieckman
McCook Central
Salem, SD
Beginning my 29th year
Institution where you received your Ag Ed degree: South Dakota State University

Biggest benefit of NAAE membership to you:
I love attending conferences for workshops and networking with other teachers. The friendships and sharing I have received over the years because of my membership and attendance has been amazing.

Memorable teaching moment:
In Power and Technology class. Overhauling a tractor and when it first started and ran. Watching students’ excitement, knowing what they had accomplished. Plus so many spontaneous answers by Jr. High students that make me laugh.

What do you know now that you wish you would have known as a first year teacher?
What I gained by attending Region III conferences. I really felt, at first, that conferences beyond the State Conference was only for officers. I wish someone had told me there was more for everyone.  Now, in SD, we have a core group of young members who also attend regional NAAE conferences.  

What is one thing you try to do every day as an ag teacher?
Be positive. Promote agriculture in a very positive manner.

Favorite and/or most useful teaching resource?
Many. Though I think the sharing day South Dakota teachers have each spring is pretty awesome.  I have also obtained a lot of good information from CoP and Ideas for 4 Ag Ed.